Ministry of Health & World Bank Working on Results Based Financing (RBF) Scheme

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson

The Ministry of Health on Friday May 30th 2014, wrapped up two days of dialogue with consultants from the World Bank.

They are working on the feasibility of introducing a pilot Results Based Financing (RBF) scheme for the Health Sector in Dominica.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Johnson noted, based on a workshop held in 2012, it was established that Dominica has the enabling environment to facilitate the scheme.

Dr. Johnson added that, record keeping is critical for measuring and reporting on progress, while continuous monitoring will be needed for measuring results.

He said the RBF is critical for Dominica as it will help improve the coverage and quality of health care particularly in problematic areas including non-communicable diseases, diabetes and hypertension.

Results Based Financing is defined as a non-cash payment or non-monetary transfer made to a national or sub-national Government, manager, provider, or consumer of health services after predefined results have been attained and verified.

Payment is conditional on measurable actions undertaken.

According to Dr. Johnson, the RBF pilot programme is expected to begin in a few months’ time.

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